The winner of the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2019 will be announced at the Nepal Literature Festival in Pokhara on December 16, according to a press release sent by the DSC Steering Committee.
The final announcement and award-giving ceremony will constitute the final event of the festival, which takes place from December 13 to 16 this year.
The DSC Prize, which is worth US $25,000, aims to promote South Asian fiction in English; it is unique in the sense that it is open to authors of any ethnicity or nationality as long as the writing is about South Asia and its people.
By showcasing and rewarding the best writing about the region, the prize has been successful in its vision to raise awareness of South Asian literature and culture around the world. It encourages writing in regional languages and translations and if a translated entry wins the award, the prize money is equally shared between the author and the translator.
The prize defines South Asia as Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
Speaking about the partnership with the Nepal Literature Festival, Surina Narula, co-founder of the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature, said, “We are delighted to partner with the Nepal Literature Festival to announce the winner of the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2019 in the picturesque city of Pokhara in December. Both the prize and the festival share a common vision to promote and highlight South Asian literature, and there is a rich literary landscape in Nepal, which I hope will benefit from this partnership. There is a significant amount of writing emanating from and about the South Asian region that needs to be showcased and presented to a larger global readership.”
Administered by the South Asian Literature Prize & Events Trust, the DSC Prize prides itself on a thorough and transparent judging process and is modelled on global best practices. At the core of the process is the five-member international jury panel comprising literary luminaries drawn from diverse geographies and areas, who are solely empowered to adjudicate on the entries received.
The jury panel is currently evaluating the entries that have come in for the DSC Prize 2019 and would first arrive at a longlist of 12-15 books by end of September. The jury would announce a shortlist of five or six books in early November at the London School of Economics in London.